Hill Climbing with RadMission | Test Ride Tuesday

We wanted to see if our new electric metro bike could handle steep hills. Mission accomplished.
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’ve had a chance to check out the <a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmission-electric-metro-bike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RadMission Electric Metro bike</a>, one of the first things you’ll likely notice (besides the low $1,099 USD price!) is that it’s a single-speed ride. </span></p>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Naturally, you may wonder how it handles hills. And hey, that's a fair question! We know that single-speed bikes don’t usually have a reputation for slaying those daunting inclines without a significant amount of human-pedal power, so why would the RadMission be any different?</span></p>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Questions like this are why we launched Test Ride Tuesday, a new series that gives riders a taste of what our electric bikes can do in real-world situations. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We can’t think of a better way to kick off the series than by taking a closer look at the RadMission’s climbing capabilities. </span></p>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We took our latest model to the Issaquah Highlands in Washington, a neighborhood that, as the name suggests, is packed with steep hills. On a regular bike, navigating those streets would be a grueling, sweaty slog. On a Mission? Not so much.</span></p>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bike gracefully handled whatever we threw at it. Seasoned mountain biker? Check. RadCity Step-Thru? Fancy seeing you here, friend!</span></p>
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<p>We’re not the only ones who noticed how well the Mission crushes hills. The experts at <a href="https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radmission/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Electric Bike Review</a> took an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1798&amp;v=Rd0AAKyoYMY&amp;feature=emb_logo" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">up-hill test ride</a> of their own and tried relying solely on the throttle. </p>
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<p><span>“Let’s see what happens if I completely stop … and just try to use the throttle from a standstill," ebike guru Court Rye proposed. </span></p>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A few seconds later he had his verdict: "</span><span class="s1">I’m impressed! It’s a zippy motor. That for me is one of the biggest highlights of this bike.”</span></p>
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<p><span class="s1">It's no wonder EBR named the RadMission <a href="https://electricbikereview.com/best-electric-bikes/#best-affordable-electric-bikes" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">best affordable electric bike of 2020</a>. </span></p>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When we got back to our Seattle HQ, we stopped by the Rad Lab to ask Cory Tsai, the product manager behind the RadMission, how his team pulled it off.</span></p>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We worked hard to make it feel powerful,” he said. “It climbs hills really well because it combines a geared hub motor with narrower tires to cut down on the rolling resistance. It also weighs less than our other bikes, which helps.”</span></p>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Tsai, that’s just the beginning. The bike was also designed to get more out of the rider. </span></p>
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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When you’re on it, you’re in a more aggressive riding position than our other bikes, which allows your body to apply power to the pedals more effectively,” he explained. “It’s the closest we've offered to a road or hybrid bike's riding position, which is what many new ebike riders are used to.”</span></p>
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<p><em>The RadMisson is available at an introductory price of $1,099 ($1,499 CAD/€1.099 EUR). <a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmission-electric-metro-bike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Preorder today</a> for shipping in October. Want to know the story behind the RadMission? Rad Power Bikes CEO and Founder Mike Radenbaugh gave us the <a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/blogs/the-scenic-route/rad-mission-electric-metro-bike-debuts" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">inside scoop</a>. </em></p>
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